Fab Labs, Makerspaces and Hackerspaces are part of a decentralized global Do-It-Yourself movement
providing unique resources to tinkerers, hobbyists, inventors and artists to make almost anything.
Individuals who use these facilities are often called “makers”. This preliminary research offers insight
into why people intend to return to making by testing a “maker” behavioral model blended from the
theory of planned behavior, the technology acceptance model, and creative self-efficacy. The results
demonstrate this model by identifying three key characteristics which predict a maker’s intentions to
continue making, namely social interactions, creative behaviors, and maker behavioral control. A survey
of the membership of Fab Lab Tulsa and other US based Fab Labs was used to study the maker model by
examining the members’ attitudes and behaviors about creativity and making, technology, their social
group, their openness to experience, and their creative role identity. It also examined the correlation
with their intention to return to make. This preliminary research has implications for any Fab Lab that
seeks to increase its membership or facility usage. Future work includes developing the survey for non-
English languages and non-US cultures.
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